Buying Your Own Dive Gear


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The sport of diving is increasing throughout the world. While practicing diving, you need some accessories that will help to do the sport perfectly and smoothly. Divers in their basic practice can rent the gears, but buying your own dive gear will be a good step for the future.

Teaching organizations, dive centers and also retail outlets always want you to buy the gears from them to make a profit. It is confusing and sometimes difficult to know how much the equipment will help for improving your diving. Here are some tips for buying accessories like a mask, BCD, or a set of regulators, which can help you in diving.

Buying Your Own Dive Gear
Buying Your Own Dive Gear

Dive Gear: Cost

Divers have to consider their commitment before buying their own equipment. First of all, you need to know about your plan for diving. If you are a frequent diver or want to dive only on vacation, a full set of gear will be expensive. Those who dive frequently can buy some of the equipment which can help them to save money in caparison to rent the equipment repeatedly.

You can buy a basic set of gear like fins, mask, exposure suit, snorkel, BCD, and regulator, which can cost you around $1000 to $1500. This can save the cost comparing to rent the equipment daily at $25 to $60, depending on the location. You can spread out the cost by purchasing the essential equipment like a snorkel, mask, fins, and exposure suit, and rent the higher range items like regulators, BCD, and dive computer.

Divers who primarily dive abroad can face cost problems for owning their own equipment. The airlines have some restrictions on carrying luggage and that is up to 50 pounds. You can have to pay the excess luggage or overweight luggage fees because an average set of dive equipment carries the equivalent weight allowed by the flights. It will be difficult to pack the heavy regulators for transit and can incur an additional cost.

You can lower the cost by using lightweight gear for dive travel but have to be caucus about these models. These models are usually suitable for diving in tropical climates and it cannot be useful in colder and rougher seas.

Dive Gear: Peace Of Mind And Safety

There are other concerns apart from the financial aspect, which is equally important for divers. Mental peace, health and convenience, personal comfort, and safety are the factors for considering. Fittings and familiarities are the two big advantages of owning your own gear set. When you buy the equipment, you are sure about the shape and size that fits you and know how it works.

Buying Your Own Dive Gear
Buying Your Own Dive Gear


Divers who often rent gear can be ill-fitting and the equipment will hinder the comfort of diving. There are other discomforts you can feel while using the rental gear like the mask can leak if it is the wrong size, or a using a loose wetsuit can lead to heat loss. Also, you can have buoyancy problems with the BCD. All these discomforts reduce your enjoyment and can compromise diver’s safety.

Conclusion

Buying your own dive gear will make you comfortable and you can safely enjoy diving. Carefully rinse your gear after every dive with fresh water and don’t forget to check the BCD and regulators, and service them yearly.

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